Japan Airlines to buy 31 A350 jets in deal worth $9.5B

|By:, SA News Editor

As expected, Japan Airlines has announced its first ever order for Airbus (EADSF.PK) planes, saying it will buy 31 A350 jets in a deal worth $9.5B at list prices. JAL also has an option to purchase a further 25 aircraft.

It's a blow for Boeing (BA), which had been dominant in the Japanese market and had sold 787 planes to JAL. However, it could be that the Dreamliner's constant problems took their toll and convinced JAL to acquire the A350 instead.

Airbus has now received orders for 756 A350 jets. (PR)